IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376
cowan at locke.ccil.org
Fri Apr 9 18:22:11 BST 1999
Chris Lilley wrote:
> MIME actually need not have those constraints; *email* has those
> constraints (although increasingly it does not, in practice). HTTP is
> always 8-bit clean. I agree that the MIME RFCs have steadfastly tried to
> pretend that MIME is an email-only thing.
The requirement for a charset with text/* documents (whether minimized
or not) has nothing to do with email, although the fact that a
minimized charset parameter means "US-ASCII" surely does.
A charset must be specified for interoperable text (as opposed to
application-specific formats) because text means nothing if you
do not know the charset, and no text-using application can fail
to either decode, guess, or simply presume some charset.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
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You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
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